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  08/13/19 - Justyn RossSo/2022, Clemson, 6-3, 205 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON PHIL STEELE/DRAFT SCOUT FBS P5 SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: Justyn Ross, Clemson, Soph.,...Ross enters 2019 following a dazzling true freshman season in 2018 in which he caught 46 passes for a team-leading 1,000 yards with nine touchdowns in 15 games...announced his presence on the game's biggest stages as a freshman, catching six passes for 148 yards with two touchdowns in the Cotton Bowl and six passes for 153 yards with one touchdown in the College Football Playoff National Championship. - Clemson Football

(DS#1 WR) So/2022 WR Justyn RossClemson
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  08/13/19 - Tee HigginsJr/2021, Clemson, 6-3, 205 (DS#2 WR) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON PHIL STEELE/DRAFT SCOUT FBS P5 THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: Tee Higgins, Clemson, Jr.,...Talented wideout whose produced one of the school's most impressive sophomore campaigns in 2018 in his first full year as a starter...enters 2019 with 76 career receptions for 1,281 yards with 14 receiving touchdowns. - Clemson Football

(DS#2 WR) Jr/2021 WR Tee HigginsClemson
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  08/13/19 - A.J. TerrellJr/2021, Clemson, 6-1, 190 (DS#1 CB) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON PHIL STEELE/DRAFT SCOUT FBS P5 SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: A.J. Terrell, Clemson, Jr.,...Terrell started all 15 games in his first year as a starter in 2018, scoring the first points of the College Football Playoff National Championship on a pick-six...enters 2019 credited with 68 career tackles (3.0 for loss), seven pass breakups, four interceptions (returned for a total of 95 yards including a 44-yard touchdown) and two forced fumbles over 1,042 snaps in 29 games (15 starts). - Clemson Football

(DS#1 CB) Jr/2021 CB A.J. TerrellClemson
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  08/13/19 - Xavier ThomasSo/2022, Clemson, 6-2, 260 (DS#1 DE) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON PHIL STEELE/DRAFT SCOUT FBS P5 SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: Xavier Thomas, Clemson, Soph.,...Explosive edge rusher who made an immediate impact as a reserve in 2018, earning near-unanimous Freshman All-American acclaim...enters 2019 credited with 43 tackles (10.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks and two pass breakups in 304 snaps over 15 games. - Clemson Football

(DS#1 DE) So/2022 DE Xavier ThomasClemson
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  08/13/19 - John SimpsonSr/2020, Clemson, 6-4, 330 (DS#1 OG) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON PHIL STEELE/DRAFT SCOUT FBS P5 THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: John Simpson, Clemson, Sr.,...Offensive lineman who played both guard positions for the Tigers in 2017 before earning the starting role...enters 2019 having played 1,318 snaps over 36 games (15 starts) in his career...Second-team AP All-ACC...third-team All-ACC...played 858 snaps over 15 games (all starts) in 2018. - Clemson Football

(DS#1 OG) Sr/2020 OG John SimpsonClemson
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  08/13/19 - Isaiah SimmonsrJr/2021, Clemson, 6-3, 225 (DS#1 OLB) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON PHIL STEELE/DRAFT SCOUT FBS P5 FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: Isaiah Simmons, Clemson, Jr.,...Athletic defender who transitioned from safety in 2017 to the starting nickel/sam linebacker position in 2018...enters 2019 credited with 146 career tackles (12.5 for loss), 2.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception (which he returned 27 yards for a touchdown) in 29 career games (14 starts)...Credited with a team-high 97 tackles (9.5 for loss), seven pass breakups, three forced fumbles, 1.5 sacks and one interception (which he returned for a touchdown) in 790 snaps over 15 games (14 starts) in 2018. - Clemson Football

(DS#1 OLB) rJr/2021 OLB Isaiah SimmonsClemson
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  08/12/19 - Travis EtienneJr/2021, Clemson, 5-10, 215 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON PHIL STEELE/DRAFT SCOUT FBS P5 FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: Travis Etienne, Clemson, Jr.,...Etienne enters 2019 with 311 career carries for 2,424 yards with 37 rushing touchdowns and 17 career receptions for 135 receiving yards with two receiving touchdowns...enters his junior campaign ranked first in school history in career yards per carry (7.8, minimum 1,000 yards) and career points per game (8.4), third in career rushing touchdowns (37), fourth in total career touchdowns (39), 11th in career points (234) and 12th in career rushing yards (2,424)...set single-season school records in 2018 in rushing yards (1,658), yards per carry (8.1), rushing touchdowns (24), total touchdowns (26) and points scored (156). - Clemson Football

(DS#3 RB) Jr/2021 RB Travis EtienneClemson
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  08/12/19 - Trevor LawrenceSo/2022, Clemson, 6-6, 215 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON PHIL STEELE/DRAFT SCOUT FBS P5 FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, Soph.,...Lawrence tarted the final 11 games in 2018 as a true freshman in helping Clemson become the first major college football team in the modern era to go 15-0...helped the squad win each of its last 10 games by 20 points or more...became the first true freshman quarterback to lead his team to a national title since 1985...enters 2019 having previously completed 259-397 passes for 3,280 yards with 30 touchdowns and four interceptions as well as 60 carries for 177 yards and a touchdown in 768 snaps in 15 games (11 starts). - Clemson Football

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  08/11/19 - Frank Ladson Jr.Fr/2023, Clemson, 6-4, 190 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  Clemson freshman receiver Frank Ladson had a strong start to fall camp, but his progress is on hold after "a little irritation with his knee" that will keep him sidelined for a couple of weeks, according to Tigers coach Dabo Swinney. "He had just some little stuff in there we needed to clean up yesterday morning," Swinney said following Saturday's scrimmage, Clemson's first of the preseason. Swinney added that Ladson "should be" ready for the season opener against Georgia Tech on Aug. 29. The former four-star recruit was working with the second team during fall camp prior to the injury. - The State

(DS#1 WR) Fr/2023 WR Frank Ladson Jr.Clemson
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  08/10/19 - Diondre OvertonSr/2020, Clemson, 6-3, 205 (DS#103 WR) + More +

  The coaching staff challenged Overton to get stronger over the summer, and he gained eight pounds while also becoming a better all-around football player. "I worked on my route running, had to get a little faster being that I had to be in the slot. So I had to just work on my craft and start making it more serious," Overton said. "This is definitely a money year. This is my last year. I didn't redshirt my freshman year, so it's all business from here on out. Gotta treat it like business and have the right mindset."

When starting slot receiver Amari Rodgers went down with an injury in the spring, it opened a door for someone else to step into the starting lineup alongside Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins. Overton appears to be the guy ready to fill in for Rodgers thanks to a strong spring, summer and start to fall camp. "He's been great. I'm super proud of him," Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said. "He's become one of our best leaders, incredibly committed to this program. And, you know, we've moved him over to the slot and I'm telling you, he's loving it. He's having a ball. "He's a very intelligent player, and he's just so much stronger. He's done an awesome job with his body. And he's playing with a lot of confidence." - The State


(DS#103 WR) Sr/2020 WR Diondre OvertonClemson
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  08/10/19 - Michel DukesFr/2023, Clemson, 5-11, 190 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Clemson co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach Tony Elliott has been around a number of impressive backs during his time with the Tigers. But he has never had a back who is as natural at catching the ball out of the backfield as freshman Michel Dukes. "I think Mikey's got the most natural ball skills of any guy that I've had, including (Andre) Ellington," Elliott said following Friday's practice. "It's just easy for him. You can see it."

Dukes and fellow freshman Chez Mellusi arrived on campus this summer, and the two are already turning heads. They haven't different playing styles, but both have made plays throughout fall camp. "They compliment each other very, very well. I think we all know Chez is the bigger guy. He's got really, really good straight line speed. He doesn't mess around. He's a one-cut guy, understands that no cut is the best cut," Elliott said. "Where Mikey is an elusive guy that catches the ball extremely well. Probably has the best ball skills of anybody I've ever had here at Clemson. So I think they're going to compliment each other that way." - The State


(DS#999 RB) Fr/2023 RB Michel DukesClemson
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  08/07/19 - Trevor LawrenceSo/2022, Clemson, 6-6, 215 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Clemson's national championship football program was flagged for eight secondary NCAA violations during a yearlong period from July 2018 through this past June. The school's athletic department released a summary of the infractions Wednesday. None of the violations were considered major and all issues about the penalties have been resolved, according to the school. In all, Clemson self-reported 14 violations in the year ending on June 30.

Names of athletes, coaches or staffers involved in the infractions were not in the summary provided to The Associated Press by Clemson. The month and day when the violation occurred was blacked out in the report. The football violations reported by the school included a homeowner paying a player above the going rate for work around the home on three separate occasions. Two violations involved players on social media in a promotional capacity. - AP College Football


(DS#1 QB) So/2022 QB Trevor LawrenceClemson
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  08/06/19 - Trevor LawrenceSo/2022, Clemson, 6-6, 215 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  The two faces of college football spent time together this summer at the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana about five months after they faced off in the national title game. There was no trash talk about what happened in January, or talk of what might happen if the two teams face off again this season. Instead, there was a mutual respect the two share for one another as the biggest stars in the game. "Obviously our faith is something that we're connected (through), so we talked about that a lot," Lawrence said. "He's a great dude."

Both players have been open about their faith and how it has helped them. Tagovailoa told AL.com that his Christianity led him to Alabama, while Lawrence stated during his freshman season that his faith allows him to stay calm under pressure. "We're in similar situations and it's always good and beneficial to talk to guys that are in similar situations and see how they do things and how their life is," Lawrence said. "We got to talk and it was just cool talking to him. We're going through the same things. And just hearing how he deals with it and some of the cool stuff that he's been able to do, speaking at different things. And kind of how he stays level-headed with all that stuff was really cool." - The State


(DS#1 QB) So/2022 QB Trevor LawrenceClemson
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  08/04/19 - Trevor LawrenceSo/2022, Clemson, 6-6, 215 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Lawrence's job entering the 2019 season is a little different than it was this time last year. There is no starting quarterback battle, and Lawrence is no longer looking up to his older teammates to be leaders. Instead, Swinney challenged Lawrence during the spring and into the summer to become one of the leaders on the team. The sophomore has done that. "The biggest thing I want to see I've already seen, and that's him asserting himself as a leader of the team. Because this time last year he wasn't in that situation," Swinney said. "He was in line trying to go prove something, had never taken a college snap. Well, now he's got a little bit of a resume. So use that in a positive way and really assert yourself as a leader of this football team, not just the offense. Be a leader."

Swinney also challenged Lawrence to get bigger and stronger, and the 6-foot-6 signal caller did that as well. Lawrence weighed in at 220 pounds on Thursday, five pounds heavier than he was in the spring. "I think just being able to take some more hits. I think that's the biggest thing, just gaining some weight, being able to take some more hits. And maybe be able to run a little bit more if I need to," Lawrence said. - The State


(DS#1 QB) So/2022 QB Trevor LawrenceClemson
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  08/04/19 - Diondre OvertonSr/2020, Clemson, 6-3, 205 (DS#103 WR) + More +

  Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross have locked up starting spots at receiver and are expected to be two of the best in the country in 2019. The slot position was up for grabs at the conclusion of spring practice and into the summer, but it appears that senior Diondre Overton has created some separation there.

Overton worked with the starting offense during the hurry-up portion of Friday's practice that was open to the media, and after the workout, receivers coach Jeff Scott said that Overton had a great day and is in line to start at slot as things stand today. In addition to Overton, T.J. Chase and Cornell Powell are also battling for a starting job in the slot. - The State


(DS#103 WR) Sr/2020 WR Diondre OvertonClemson
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